Week 11: Adaptive Learning OER
Adaptive learning technologies help scale the benefits of individualized learning through the use of designed or algorithmic adaptivity to collect and analyze data as students learn. We explore some of the giants, rookies and companies in between to paint a picture of the adaptive learning landscape and the opportunities therein.
Our team developed a trio of personas to help guide you through our OER. They offer three different perspectives on investigating the complexities of adaptive learning ventures: Susan, our social entrepreneur, Jeremiah, the venture capitalist, and Anthony, a tech entrepreneur. As you navigate through the OER, you’ll come across these characters from time to time – keep them in mind as you read through the content and participate in activities. If you are in the market to invest or launch a venture, are you a Susan, Jeremiah or an Anthony?
We look forward to interacting with you over the course of the week. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop them into WordPress. Our team will be monitoring the discussions that are taking place, and also checking the data coming through our polls and quizzes.
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Great work week 11 Team! Thank you for the thorough information on adaptive learning technologies. I liked how you have created questions in the beginning to make participants to get engaged! As I was going through your OER, I thought adaptive learning technologies are exactly how we are currently working to meet 21st century learning style. We use technology all the time and learning with technologies seems very common in our regular classroom. But, like Jamie mentioned on her post, I would also invest on this venture but not to replace with teachers teaching in the classroom. Adaptive learning technologies would work best when it is used properly with well trained professionals such as teachers/instructors. I remember one of my students came back to see me while taking online learning program. He wasn't able to work on his own and it was difficult for him to get engaged in learning. Since that was his first time using the technology for learning, he was struggling a lot. Not only for my student but I'm sure there are many other students who might not feel comfortable adapting technologies in learning outside of the school. I would like to invest on this venture but I wouldn't rely too much yet on this venture for learning alone. I really enjoyed going over your OER!
Tod M Hi AL team. Thanks for an informative site. I came to it knowing nothing about the topic and as I worked through it I realized that you had a tough task, as is often the case when discussing new technologies, as so much is still unresolved about how to best use them and who has actually got the inside track. I'm not sure I got much out of the personalities approach, but I applaud your looking for a coherent theme in approaching your topic. I really appreciated the "Lessons Learned" portion of the site. That was a valuable (and at times painfully reminiscent) read. You all clearly put a lot of work into this, so thanks again.
Hi all, On behalf of our team, I would like to thank all the participants! As appreciation for your involvement in the activities this week, I created an infographic showing poll, quiz, and other interactivity results. Here it is: https://create.piktochart.com/output/39891699-al-inforgraphic
[I was unable to see/load/interact with the final discussion on your site for the ‘Considering the Limitations’ section, so I’ve just tagged my thoughts into this discussion] Hi team, what a thorough OER you have produced. There was a seamless integration of explanatory, referenced and interactive content which made it easy to follow the logic of the OER and gain key insights into an industry I was quite unaware of. I think the major key lesson I have taken away here is that there is a lot of money and interest in Adaptive Learning ventures and acquisition. There also seems to be an equal effort to ensure usability which will be vital to this technologies success. However, I would like to see more independent research done on the topic as much of the research data is being produced by the companies themselves. I share some of the concerns about the ‘one size fits all’ model that adaptive (and personalized) learning promise and the limitations you outlined on the site. In my personal opinion, I think these technologies are going to be best suited to being blended into classrooms as support and development tools rather than a replacement of classrooms altogether. Also, I am reserving my judgements on their functionality until we can test them on a wider scale because I am doubtful if they check the boxes of the learning theories we identify as best suited to 21st century education, such as constructivism. This technology is amazing and could have widespread positive impact in educational realms but it would need to be designed to be a fully interactive experience. You outlined these types of shortcomes excellently in your research section as well. These aspects may not necessarily impact the economic success of these ventures as it certainly looks like they carry novelty and may reach wide global markets. For this reason, I would likely invest in these companies as a venture capitalist, but I wouldn’t necessarily be an advocate for them as an educator just yet. Thanks for such a well rounded exploration of adaptive learning!
This was a great OER with a lot of great content, I really appreciated the many dimensions and perspectives that were provided through the OER. The inclusion of the personas and the four countries that were highlighted time and time again helped contextualize your content! I think one very small improvement would be to have links out to the company webpages so that we can learn more about each of them. I totally understand I can Google them on my own, but a direct link just increases the accessibility. There were times when I wanted to know more than the summary that was provided through the OER. Also I am curious if there are adaptive learning resources that would be more accessible to high school or adult learners? Perhaps this could be added as "extra" content to the OER. Thanks again for putting together a really informative OER, I definitely came away feeling like I really knew what this technology looked like. The key companies we were explored throughout the OER were well chosen!
Hi Team, Excellent OER on adaptive learning. The layout was very appealing, and you've managed to strike an excellent balance between interactivity, information, and total amount of information. I didn't feel overwhelmed, but I also learned a lot about different software that is on the market. Your team took a lot of effort into this project and it shows.
Kudos Adaptive Learning team for developing a fantastic OER. I am in the process of redesigning some of the training programs in my workplace and adaptive microlearning has been a very big focus in our strategy towards improving the learning experience. I recently shared this video with my team, which you may also find interesting: I liked your choice to do a podcast for your introduction. I’m not sure if that was intended as the primer or more of an “about us” type replacement, but combined with your poll’s and the persona quiz, I was hooked from the first page – Thank you. One suggestion would be to add two more buttons after the persona quiz, so that I could jump straight to the persona that I was identified as (rather than having to go through Susan first) – not a big thing but worth considering for your final product. I think that what I appreciated most about your OER is the intention and thoughtfulness behind the use of persona’s, highlighting how important it is to cater the learning experience to the unique requirements of the learner, and how learning is adapted based on prior knowledge and understanding, as well as application. I also like the variety of the interactivity between the polls, discussion boards and flipgrid videos. I learned a lot here will 100% be referring back to this resource as I explore adaptive learning options in my work.
Hi Adaptive Learning Team. Thank you for your OER. I am definitely an Anthony. I think that educational innovation and its impact is fleeting and based on cultural biases. I really enjoy playing with new ideas and implementing beneficial change, but I am wary of the concept of “lasting change.” I see that challenges of using adaptive learning akin to those of social constructivism and most of all the recent popular learning theories. Although students desire freedom and their own responsive pathways of learning, they also desire guidance and limited structure. I see adaptive learning as potentially being quite effective for corporate learning, especially for employees required to upgrade their soft skills on their own schedule.
Sarah and all, Thank you for the comments. You ask some great questions, too! ALEKS, Alta, Brightspace LeaP, Pearson MyLab and Wolters Kluwer all have adaptive products for higher ed. We have noticed that the biggest companies in the market design products to K-12 and Higher Ed. It’s quite complex but also exciting, I think. There are adaptive technologies that deliver textbooks, LMS adaptive systems, game-based technologies and more and designed for different purposes: curriculum-based, personal learning, corporate learning/skills training, teacher-designed adaptivity systems and more. We decided to focus on adaptive math game-based learning platforms for the inter-activity for comparison purposes, and our selection of games offer easy access and free demos without having to sign up for anything making it easy to try them. However, there are adaptive learning products for other subjects, including humanities, offered by companies like Pearson MyLab and gaming platforms like Duolingo and Hello World. Another reason we chose Math for the activity is because adaptive systems for math and science learning are more research-based. Finally, you might find it interesting that based on the persona quiz results so far, most respondents are Jeremiahs.
Hello Adaptive Learning Group, thanks for your highly informative OER. I was very impressed that you created the different personas for us to explore and therefore enabled all of us to look at adaptive learning from multiple lenses. I found it interesting that many of your team members identified as "Susans"; I wonder if your OER would have looked different if you had more Anthonys or Jeremiahs (just a thought!). Like Chava, I agree that you could have perhaps given a little more insight as to why you focused solely on adaptive learning through mathematics education. At first glance, my thoughts would be that it is relatively straightforward to "scale-up" the difficulty of a math problem based on a student's performance, but this might be more challenging in the Arts or Humanities. I also noticed that a lot of your analysis focused on K-12, thought you did include some aspects of higher education. Does the landscape look particularly different between K-12 and higher ed? Or is the venture landscape in the "Trough of Disillusionment" both at the K-12 and higher ed levels? Finally, I really like how you integrated aspects of ethical considerations into your discussion, like Marc said. When I think back to the OER that I created, I think this was an aspect of the analysis that I did not consider and could have been interesting for digital textbooks. The shoe analogy video at the end was great, and I think you could have possibly extended this ethical piece a bit more, as I remember recently that there was controversy regarding Google's autocomplete and predictions and the steps that they are doing to address this issue. Anyways, well done and very insightful! Sarah